How Safe Is OC’s Coast After Oil Spill? Fisheries Still Closed, Cities Do Their Own Water Testing

Voice of OC

Disaster response officials and Orange County public health leaders are saying beaches are safe to go swimming at after two weeks of oil spill cleanup, but not all the experts are convinced.

It comes as cities along the coast had been doing their own testing to determine local water safety, lacking a centralized testing system.

“What I’m disappointed about is there would be this leadership vacuum,” said Travis E. Huxman, a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. “It points to how the system thinks about these catastrophes after-the-fact. They’re afterthoughts.

Nearly two weeks since the start of the spill, U.S Coast Guard officials released their newest estimates on the size of the spill, putting the total leakage at around 25,000 gallons, less than 20% of their earlier reports according to the Associated Press.

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